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While many might think of fishing as a summertime activity, ice fishing—especially in a gorgeous locale like Winter Park—offers its own share of excitement and seasonal spirit. Learn more about ice fishing in Colorado’s Winter Park area down below!

Partake in this Classic Winter Pastime in Winter Park

The closest ice fishing lake to Winter Park is Lake Granby. Located about forty minutes away from town, this ice fishing destination is known for its excellent stock of kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, lake trout, and brown trout. The lake has over forty miles of shoreline for anglers to try their luck on, with reported catches of lake trout as long as thirty-two inches. It’s also one of the hosts of the Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest held in January of each year, which draws in over one thousand anglers to Lake Granby, as well as the nearby lakes of Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Reservoir, to compete for daily cash and raffle prizes. Bait for ice fishing can be purchased at Granby Bait N Tackle.

As we mentioned, Grand Lake is located close by Lake Granby. Not only does this lake play host to the Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest in January, but it’s also the site of the Annual Grand Lake Catch and Release Ice Fishing Contest in March. This ice fishing competition takes place over the course of two days and gives anglers the opportunity to compete for prizes in three categories: brown trout, lake trout, and rainbow trout. The first place winner receives $1,000.00 in prize money.

About an hour and a half from Winter Park right on the outskirts of Denver, you’ll find Chatfield Reservoir—another excellent location to plan an ice fishing trip. While this lake is immensely popular with anglers due to its adjacency to Denver, there are always enough fishing spots for ice fishing because of the lake’s immense size. Species like bluegill, walleye, crappie, rainbow trout, and yellow perch make their home in these waters, and there have been reports of anglers reeling in walleye as long as two feet and rainbow trout from eighteen to twenty-five inches.

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